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Celebrate Armed Forces Day at Florida USO Show and Swing Dance

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1940s USP dance in St Petersburg Florida

If you live in Florida and want something really fun to do this weekend and support our military and their families, then hightail it on over to St. Petersburg for the  G.I. Jive, 1940s themed USO show and swing dance being held at the historic Coliseum ballroom.  The event kicks off Armed Forces Weekend with live music, swing dancing, prizes, vintage fashion contest and more.

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Inside the historic Coliseum ballroom in St. Petersburg Fl

The Coliseum ballroom was built in 1924, so has lots of character,  along with  a great oak dance floor. Perfect for showing off your swing outs, spins and swivals!  Just go to USO Tampa Bay Facebook Page or Swingang Tampa for more information. And don’t forget your 1940s style outfits!

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The latest contributions to my shoe addiction

There’s nothing I like as much as buying and wearing vintage clothing, except maybe buying shoes that go with vintage clothing!

So when visiting the Palm Beach Gardens Mall recently to help my husband shop for  clothes, I spotted these unbelievably cute platform wedge sandals in the window of the Nine West store.  Every woman knows that no matter how many pairs of shoes you already own, you can always come up with some justification to buy more.

So I convinced myself that because of their 40s/50s vibe and the gorgeous multi colors, I was sure to get tons of wear out them, since they would certainly go well with many of my vintage sundresses.    Also, I felt I deserved to reward myself for having spent the day in a mall, which I usually try to avoid like a bad case of swine flu!

The bamboo makes them so tropically delicious!

The bamboo makes them so tropically delicious!

You can find them online for only 69.99

This next pair came in the mail a few days ago from Dancestore.com.  This company sells  really cute and comfortable swing dance shoes.  And again, I was helping my husband, as he wanted a new pair of dance sneakers, when I just happened to accidently find myself in the women’s  shoe section. For the life of me, I don’t know how I ended up there! I certainly didn’t need yet another pair of dance shoes!

But I just couldn’t resist these adorable vintage style Mary Jane wingtips. The heel is perfect for swing dancing.  I’m constantly amazed at the how the women on Dancing with the Stars glide around the floor in those sky high pumps.  I know I would end up in traction after one routine!

I’ve only worn them once so far, but they’re extremely comfortable, with a nice padded insole.  Like Eliza Doolittle sang in “My Fair Lady”, “I could have danced all night, I could have danced all night and still have begged for more.”

Aris Allen Mary Jane wingtip swing dance shoes

Aris Allen Mary Jane wingtip swing dance shoes


They’re a very reasonable $69.95 and come in black and white as well.

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Swing in the New Year at St. Petes Coliseum Ballroom

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Well, now that the Christmas gorge fest is over, it's time to start working off some of those cookies you washed down with all that  brandy spiked eggnog.   A fun way to burn off those calories, while wearing some fancy shmancy vintage dress,  is to jitterbug your way into 2009 at a  New Year's Eve swing dance party.

This year the Tampa Bay Swing Gang and Swing Time  have joined forces to host the most spectacular New Year's swing dance event ever held in Florida!  If you live here, or are just visiting for the holidays, you need to get yourself over to the historic Coliseum Ballroom in St. Petersburg for some serious jumpin and jivin.

It's open to all ages and it doesn't even matter if you never tried dancing before. They're giving a free lesson from 8-9 pm and there's no partner necessary!

There's even going to be a vintage fashion contest.  Winners get a free professional photo shoot by Buffalo Gal Vintage,  gift certificates and other cool prizes.  So I'm off to search my inventory for something fabulous to wear!

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Good Source for Vintage Style Shoes

40′s and 50′s style platform wedge type shoes are my favorites. They’re a great way to wear heels that are comfortable to walk or even dance in.  So in my never ending quest to find new styles I came across a webite that has some really cute ones.

These  have been marked down to $31.99 and I wanted to scream because they don’t have any size 7′s left. But if you wear a 6. or 8 and higher, you’re in luck.

Love the metallic leather and multi print straps on these .


They look fab in black too!


But since I’ve been  looking for a red pair of shoes to swing dance in, I decided these hand tooled cuties  would fit the bill nicely.  Luckily they have them in my size! They come in black and gold too.


The name of the site is Massey’s and they’ve got many more styles with a vintage flair.

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Swing Time in Tampa

To work off the massive amount of food we ate on Thanksgiving,  my husband and I decided to head on over to Tampa this past weekend to check out the weekly swing dance at the Grand Ballroom of the  Centro Asturiano .   This one had a 50s Sock Hop theme and featured a fantastic live band called Freight Train Annie .   

If you’ve never tried swing dancing before,  you don’t know what you’re missing!  No matter where we go to dance we always meet happy, fun loving people, never mind the great aerobic benefits.  This type of dancing is quite the workout and way more fun than going to the gym.

Here’s a picture of the outside of the Centro Asturiano. It was built in 1914. 


The ballroom.


If you’re in the area or planning a visit, I highly recommend it for a fun night out.  The nice people responsible for holding these dances even give free lessons from 7-8pm. Plus the dance is right down the street from where all the action is in historic Ybor City,  Tampa’s trendy Latin quarter.  There you’ll find great shopping, restaurants and nightlife.

Visit the Swing Centro website for more information about upcoming swing dance events. 

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